This Gold Miner Goes Digging For A Mother Lode

Margaret K. Witte, chief executive of Vancouver-based Royal Oak Mines Inc., isn't to be taken lightly. Two years ago, union members at the company's Giant gold mine in Yellowknife rejected a cost-cutting contract. Witte promptly locked out the miners and recruited 220 replacement workers. Canada's only female mining company CEO drew death threats. Tensions soared when a mine explosion in late 1992 killed nine people. A union miner has been charged with setting the blast.

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